Companies Plan, Validate and Collaborate on 10,000+ Part Assemblies with Lightweight Solution
When it comes to product design, companies can face many problems in the planning, validation and sharing of large assemblies. Whether it’s with their own shop floor or with their partners in the supply chain, product design companies can run into many problems.
Some of the big problems when engaging stakeholders outside the company include protecting intellectual property, multi-CAD collaboration and interoperability, or sharing models with customers. In house-sharing has its own set of challenges, including communication problems between product designers and manufacturing engineers, use of paper drawings on the shop floor and making sure you have access to the latest version and access to CAD altogether.
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Mitsubishi Agricultural Machinery
Concurrent Engineering: Mitsubishi Reduces Lead Time from Design to Production
Using the XVL solution, MAM dramatically changed the workflow of their assembly process and work instructions to take advantage of concurrent engineering. Visualization in 3D with the related instructions of the assembly process enables users to quickly and easily understand the process.
Continuing to use Excel for documenting work instructions has contributed to dramatically changing the workflow of the assembly process.
The change to use XVL in combination with Excel has allowed concurrent engineering to be realized at MAM. This new workflow allows MAM to bring new products to market faster.
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The company’s software resurfaces 3D models using Gregory patches, which turns them into the smallest file size possible. For instance, the 3D CAD model of a satellite is 1.6GB in SolidWorks, but only 5.5MB in Lattice Technology’s XVL format. Being nearly 300 times smaller equates to fast loading and browsing times — yet all the necessary data is found in the XVL file, and so users can browse all 8,000 parts and associated product data in the satellite assembly.